Golden Gate Kayaking
San Francisco ~ Peninsula ~ Monterey Bay

Yellow Bluff Demystified

Tide, current, wind, swell, and lumpy water—it’s all a part of paddling where the bay meets the ocean. You’ll take your existing skills and apply them in the dynamic waters near the Golden Gate Bridge. Not only will you learn to deal with the conditions of the area, but you’ll also discover how to make various water features work for you to make paddling more efficient and fun.

Who is this class for?

  • Kayakers who have taken our Bay and Beyond class and are ready to hone their rough water skills.
  • Paddlers who have had experience on the bay in moderate conditions who want to get more comfortable in bigger conditions.
  • Experienced whitewater kayakers (Class III+) who want to experience the whitewater of the bay.
  • Experienced sea kayakers who want to practice their rough water skills, including rescues, in a safe, controlled environment.

What is covered in this class?

Our Yellow Bluff clinics are unique because each student can progress at his/her own pace. We provide each student with a checklist of 20 specific skills—both in mellow and rough conditions—that we discuss at the beginning of the class. These skills include:

  • Entering and exiting current
  • Bracing and confidence building exercises
  • Self and assisted rescues
  • Maneuvering in rough water
  • Surfing in tidal races

It's not expected that a student will master all of the skills in one session. Paddling efficiently and confidently in rough water takes practice. We encourage paddlers to repeat this class, which is why we offer Yellow Bluff classes to returning students within the same season at half price.

What is provided in the class?

  • Sea kayak and paddle
  • Wetsuit and paddling jacket
  • Sprayskirt
  • Helmet
  • Personal floatation device
  • Bilge pump and paddle float (for practicing recoveries)

What do I need to bring?

  • Swimsuit or shorts
  • Long-sleeve fleece shirt (synthetic or wool, no cotton)
  • Shoes that can get wet (neoprene booties, water shoes, old tennis shoes, etc.)
  • Lunch, snacks, drinking water, sunscreen, and towel
  • Strap for eyeglasses ("chums" or "croakies")
  • Optional: hat, waterproof camera

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